North Carolina suffers stunning loss to Virginia to end bid at undefeated season
North Carolina lost to Virginia on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, 31-27.
It’s a stunning result for the Tar Heels, who entered this game with a perfect 6-0 record. Virginia, on the other hand, was winless vs. FBS opposition prior to traveling to UNC on Saturday night.
Carolina’s offense was able to move the ball vs. UVA, but it wasn’t good enough on 3rd down. The Tar Heels went just 4-for-13 on that down 0-for-2 on 4th down in the loss.
Quarterback Drake Maye also struggled in this contest. He completed just 24-of-48 passes for 347 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. This was the first time in Maye’s collegiate career that he started a game and had a completion percentage of 50% or less in the contest.
Defensively, North Carolina wasn’t good enough. Virginia averaged 5.5 yards per play and went 8-for-18 on third down.
The loss takes Carolina out of College Football Playoff contention. It also means UNC has its first conference loss of the season, which could complicate its path back to the ACC Championship Game.